Boris Johnson news – live: David Cameron’s lobbying texts revealed as Lex Greensill denies being ‘fraudster’

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Correspondence has been published showing the extent to which David Cameron bombarded ministers and civil servants with messages, telling them that the failure to provide financial support to Greensill Capital was “nuts” and “bonkers”.

It has been revealed the former prime minister sent officials at least 25 texts, 12 WhatsApp messages, 11 calls and eight emails over a four-month period. 

It comes as financier Lex Greensill said he takes “complete responsibility” for the collapse of Greensill Capital and denied being a “fraudster”, while being quizzed by the Commons Treasury Committee.

Watch: Lex Greensill asked if he's 'a fraudster' in MPs' evidence session

MPs on the cross-party panel, led by Conservative Mel Stride, are quizzing the businessman on the demise of his company, which jeopardised 5,000 steelmaking jobs in the UK, after multiple investigations were launched into it – including one over government lobbying carried out by former prime minister David Cameron.

Mr Cameron, who is accused of badgering chancellor Rishi Sunak over access to government-backed coronavirus loans last year, is at the centre of the scandal. The former Tory leader was employed as an adviser at Greensill after leaving government. 

Mr Cameron will appear before the same committee on Thursday, as well as the Commons Public Accounts Committee, where senior MPs will investigate whether he breached government lobbying rules that he himself put in place while prime minister.

Watch: The questions at the heart of the financier's interrogation by MPs

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